AFC Champions League 2022: Mumbai City FC beaten 1-0 by Al Jazira: Ali Mabkhout on target – Mumbai City FC narrowly go down against Al Jazira in their third group stage game of the ongoing AFC Champions League 2022. UAE international Ali Mabkhout scored the only goal of the match in the 40th minute from the penalty spot to clinch full points for his team. The two sides meet again on April 18 in the second phase of the group stage. Follow AFC Champions League live updates on InsideSport.IN.
AFC Champions League 2022: Mumbai City suffer 2nd defeat in the AFCCL 2022 as Ali Mabkhout strikes from the penalty spot, Mumbai City FC beaten 1-0 by Al Jazira: Check HIGHLIGHTS
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AFC Champions League 2022: Mumbai City FC lose 1-0 to Al Jazira
Mumbai City FC gave it their all, but multiple misses in front of the goal mean that they walk away from this contest with an empty hand. Al Jazira were clearly the better side in the first half and they reaped rewards via a well-taken penalty by Ali Mabkout following a handball by Mehtab Singh and that was enough to see them through. That’s the first win of their 2022 AFC Champions League for the Abu Dhabi based Al Jazira.
- 21′ – Skipper Mourtada Fall comes to the Islanders rescue with a nice little push from behind to have the attacker off balance which could have been a goal.
- 40′ – Al Jazira scored after the ball brushed the hand of Mehtab Singh inside the box and a penalty was awarded to Al Jazira. Ali Mabkhout stepped up and managed to slot it in.
- 49′ – Nawaz once again comes up with a BIG save for the Islanders.
- 59′ – Mourtada Fall slips and fails to get it inside an empty goal.
- 90′ – MUMBAI MISSES! The corner lands at the feet of Raynier Fernandes, who fails to even get a touch on that. Mourtada Fall seemed to have it in control, but in the end hardly gets a grip on his shot.
AFC Champions League 2022: Mumbai City suffer 2nd defeat in the AFCCL 2022
A gutsy Mumbai City FC went down fighting against UAE’s Al Jazira FC in the AFC Champions League group stage match as they lost 1-0 at the King Fahd International stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
After a dominant first half by Al Jazira, Mumbai City FC fought back strongly in the second half putting the UAE outfit under a lot of pressure but couldn’t find the all-important goal as they went down to an Ali Mabkhout penalty (40’).
Mumbai City FC did a good job of containing their opponents in the early exchanges but needed some last-ditch defending from Mourtada Fall to keep their opponents at bay in the 17th minute when Al Jazira worked the ball well to set Bruno in space inside the Mumbai City FC box but Fall made a vital tackle when Bruno was about to pull the trigger.
There was more defending to do for Mumbai City FC as Al Jazira kept probing and causing problems down the right flank. A well-constructed move saw the ball fall to Mabkhut inside the penalty area but his shot was blocked in the 34th minute.
AFC Champions League 2022: Ali Mabkhout strikes from the penalty spot – HIGHLIGHTS
A minute later, Al Jazira’s pressure paid off as they won a penalty after a handball by substitute Mehtab Singh. Mabkhout stepped up and converted the spot kick despite Nawaz guessing right.
However, Al Jazira almost profited on the counter-attack in the 49th minute when Mabkhout set up Zayed Al Ameri at the far post with an inch-perfect low cross but his effort from close range was superbly saved by Nawaz.
Mumbai City FC then had their best chance of the game in the 59th minute when Al Jazira failed to clear a Lallianzuala Chhangte corner as the ball fell back to the Indian winger who put in a deep cross for Fall who could only find the side netting with his header.
Mumbai City FC pushed for an equaliser till the end but Al Jazira held on to claim their first win of the tournament. The result means all four teams are locked on three points in the group but Mumbai City FC who have the joint worst goal difference are at the bottom of the table.
The Islanders take on Al Jazira again in their next match in the group on Monday
AFC Champions League 2022: Mumbai City suffer 2nd defeat in the AFCCL 2022 as Ali Mabkhout strikes from the penalty spot, Mumbai City FC lose 1-0 to Al Jazira: Check HIGHLIGHTS